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On Becoming Yourself

Sooner or later we must face the truth: we were born into a world that is at times unjust and imperfect.

We will need to come to terms with this if we are to face life with emotional and mental stability.

We may begin our journey with the highest ideals, believing we really can change the world--and, indeed, every one of us can change the world, though only some of us will--but we will never change the way that life is.

Like it or not, life will go right on being life. It has no need to be just or fair, and it does not necessarily need to always make sense. All it has to do is all that it can do: It has to be itself. To quote the founder of Taoism, Lao Tzu, what we really have to do is to 'let reality be reality'.

This is true, also, as it applies to each of us: We must allow ourselves to be - ourselves.

Discovering who this self is, or more correctly, who these selves are - because each person is a composite of many different aspects - is a large part of becoming authentic and real.

When we understand and accept this, when we stop demanding that life be something other than it is and that we become something other than we are, then we stop swimming against the current, and our passage through life becomes so much easier.

Sometimes our ship will take us to the shores of compromise. We may not like this, but then again there is no 'Great Law' that says we have to like everything in existence. The trick, of course, lies in knowing when to compromise and when not to.

When a thing cannot be changed, it makes no sense to continue to bang our head against it.

The fortunate ones among us find the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change, the courage to change the things that we can, and the wisdom to know the difference, to quote from Reinhold Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer, so wisely adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step groups.

Provided we do our best, we will have done all that we can - even if, sometimes, the very best we can do is to keep our head above the water and keep on breathing. Our feet will always find dry land as long as we do not give up hope.

There is no way of knowing how many people we ourselves might help because of our own trials and experiences? Although we may not see it at the time, nothing need ever really be wasted. Everything has its value.

Like so many of our problems, our solutions lie within. In order to bring about real change, we need to work from the inside out, restoring an emotional balance that will last.

As a hypnotherapist, I believe that advanced hypnotherapy provides the most rapid and effective way to do this that there is.

About Author Peter James Field :

Peter Field is an internationally recognized therapist and writer on psychotherapy, hypnosis and health. His&nbsp;new book '<a href="" target="_blank">The Chi of Change</a>&nbsp;- How hypnotherapy can help you heal and rapidly turn your life around - regardless of your past' is now available. Peter holds&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">hypnotherapy Birmingham</a>&nbsp;&amp; London clinics.

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